Thoughts for the Day

I have a lot of friends and a lot of thoughts about life in general. As I read from emails and letters my friends and acquaintances send me, I'll share some of them with you. Check back often, or send me your email address and I will add you to my list.

Thoughts about..."Drug Problems in America"

Thoughts about... "Stress Management"

Click here
to read one from Senator John Glenn in reply to Senator Howard Metzenbaum about John Glenn not ever having a "job".

Golf Axioms... too true, click here.

Things “I have learned. . .”, click here.

THE MAYONNAISE JAR AND COFFEE

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar... and the coffee...

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front  of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.  He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas  between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was  full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of  course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar as full. The students responded with a unanimous "yes."

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and  poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to  recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things - your God, your family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions -  things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car. The sand is everything else - the small stuff."

"If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.  If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.  Pay attention to the things that are
critical to your happiness."

  • Play with your children.
  • Take time to get medical checkups.
  • Take your partner out to dinner. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.

"Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."

GREAT QUOTES BY GREAT LADIES

Inside every older lady is a younger lady -- wondering what the hell happened.
-Cora Harvey Armstrong-

Inside me lives a skinny woman crying to get out. But I can usually shut her up with cookies.

The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy.
-Helen Hayes (at 73)-

I refuse to think of them as chin hairs. I think of them as stray eyebrows.
-Janette Barber-

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
-Lily Tomlin-

A male gynecologist is like an auto mechanic who never owned a car.
-Carrie Snow-

Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry with your girlfriends.
-Laurie Kuslansky-

My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being, hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.
-Erma Bombeck-

Old age ain't no place for sissies.
-Bette Davis-

A man's got to do what a man's got to do. A woman must do what he can't.
-Rhonda Hansome-

The phrase "working mother" is redundant.
-Jane Sellman-

Every time I close the door on reality, it comes in through the windows.
-Jennifer Unlimited-

Whatever women must do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.
-Charlotte Whitton-

Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart.
-Caryn Leschen-

I try to take one day at a time -- but sometimes several days attack me at once.
-Jennifer Unlimited-

If you can't be a good example -- then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.
-Catherine-

When I was young, I was put in a school for retarded kids for two years before they realized I actually had a hearing loss. And they called ME slow!
-Kathy Buckley-

I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb --and I'm also not blonde.
-Dolly Parton-

If high heels were so wonderful, men would still be wearing them.
-Sue Grafton-

I'm not going to vacuum 'til Sears makes one you can ride on.
-Roseanne Barr-

When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country..
-Elayne Boosler-

Behind every successful man is a surprised woman.
-Maryon Pearson-

In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.
-Margaret Thatcher-

I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.
-Gloria Steinem-

I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house.
-Zsa Zsa Gabor-

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.
-Eleanor Roosevelt-
 

 

My frame of experience for this reference was that at that time I met Dennis I was involved in the hospitality industry and had been a member of a private club most of my life.  Later on I went on to found a company that did member satisfaction surveys in the private club industry.

The first time I came into contact with Dennis Shirley was when he was named the General Manager of a 1,500 member golf, tennis and fitness club I belong to that was managed by the Four Seasons Hotel Company.  It was immediately evident to me and the other members of the club that Dennis sincerely cared about his customers the members and was able to also gain the respect of the employees. He took great strides to insure that our needs were met and that the service levels were far above our expectations. His personal attention to the membership and his employees made him one of the best General Managers I have ever been associated with.

John Coolidge – UniFocus

 

“Dennis Shirley’s network within the golf industry is second to none.  There are no guarantees in life but retaining Dennis to bring qualified sales prospects to the table, then influencing them to purchase big-ticket offerings based largely on his relationships, helps spur substantial revenue advancements for his clients.”

Rich Katz
Vice President
Billy Casper Golf
Managing Director
Buffalo Communications

 

DENNIS E. SHIRLEY
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PLANO, TEXAS 75023

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